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2 Kings 25:4-10

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25:4 The enemy broke through the city walls, 1  and all the soldiers tried to escape. They left the city during the night. 2  They went through the gate between the two walls that is near the king’s garden. 3  (The Babylonians were all around the city.) Then they headed for the Jordan Valley. 4  25:5 But the Babylonian army chased after the king. They caught up with him in the plains of Jericho, 5  and his entire army deserted him. 25:6 They captured the king and brought him up to the king of Babylon at Riblah, 6  where he 7  passed sentence on him. 25:7 Zedekiah’s sons were executed while Zedekiah was forced to watch. 8  The king of Babylon 9  then had Zedekiah’s eyes put out, bound him in bronze chains, and carried him off to Babylon.

Nebuchadnezzar Destroys Jerusalem

25:8 On the seventh 10  day of the fifth month, 11  in the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, Nebuzaradan, the captain of the royal guard 12  who served the king of Babylon, arrived in Jerusalem. 13  25:9 He burned down the Lord’s temple, the royal palace, and all the houses in Jerusalem, including every large house. 14  25:10 The whole Babylonian army that came with the captain of the royal guard tore down the walls that surrounded Jerusalem.

1 tn Heb “the city was breached.”

2 tn The Hebrew text is abrupt here: “And all the men of war by the night.” The translation attempts to capture the sense.

3 sn The king’s garden is mentioned again in Neh 3:15 in conjunction with the pool of Siloam and the stairs that go down from the city of David. This would have been in the southern part of the city near the Tyropean Valley which agrees with the reference to the “two walls” which were probably the walls on the eastern and western hills.

4 sn Heb “toward the Arabah.” The Arabah was the rift valley north and south of the Dead Sea. Here the intention was undoubtedly to escape across the Jordan to Moab or Ammon. It appears from Jer 40:14; 41:15 that the Ammonites were known to harbor fugitives from the Babylonians.

5 map For location see Map5 B2; Map6 E1; Map7 E1; Map8 E3; Map10 A2; Map11 A1.

6 sn Riblah was a strategic town on the Orontes River in Syria. It was at a crossing of the major roads between Egypt and Mesopotamia. Pharaoh Necho had earlier received Jehoahaz there and put him in chains (2 Kgs 23:33) prior to taking him captive to Egypt. Nebuchadnezzar had set up his base camp for conducting his campaigns against the Palestinian states there and was now sitting in judgment on prisoners brought to him.

7 tn The Hebrew text has the plural form of the verb, but the parallel passage in Jer 52:9 has the singular.

8 tn Heb “were killed before his eyes.”

9 tn Heb “he”; the referent (the king of Babylon) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

10 tn The parallel account in Jer 52:12 has “tenth.”

11 sn The seventh day of the month would have been August 14, 586 b.c. in modern reckoning.

12 tn For the meaning of this phrase see BDB 371 s.v. טַבָּח 2, and compare the usage in Gen 39:1.

13 map For location see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

14 tn Heb “and every large house he burned down with fire.”



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